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Tips For Starting Your Own Blog


So you have been reading a few of your favourite blogs for some time now and finally decided to take the plunge and start up your own blog. But where do you start? Well today I have some tips to share with you on how to start your very own blog!

I am by no means an expert in blogging and have only been blogging for a under two years, but in that short space of time I have learnt a lot and have managed to somewhat get my blog established to the point where I now have more than just my mum and Nana as regular readers.

Decide on a blog name

You will want to come up with a name that is easy to remember and that will stand out. Keep it short and simple no silly xxx's and - in between every word. You want readers to be able to remember your blog and find it easily. Before I set up my own domain last July and made the switch from blogspot.com to .com my blog was originally found at www.oh-so-amelia.blogspot.com yes very annoying to remember which is why I changed it to ohsoamelia when I got the ".com". Think of a name which will stay with you for years, perhaps think what your blog will be about and who your audience will be.

Purchase your own domain 

I would highly suggest to get your own domain. You can purchase one for as little as £5 for the year and it will help you in the long run. I didn't purchase mine for a few months after I initially started blogging as I had no idea how much I would love blogging and if I would even stick to it. But if you are serious about blogging and making a living from it I would recommend getting your own domain early on. You will also need your own web hosting which I would recommend Bluehost.

Write what you would like to read not what you think others would

Start blogging for yourself, whether that is to document your family and daily life, or to share things your love with other people. Find a style of writing that feels like yours and stick with it - also write in your voice and nobody else's this will help your readers interact with your more. 

Set up social media 

You will want to set up a Facebook page and Twitter account for your blog so your readers can keep up to date with all your latest posts. Try to keep them with the same name instead of something completely random, that way your readers can easily find you. If your name has already been taking perhaps add 'blog' at the end of it. Other sites you can sign up to are Pinterest, Instagram, Google + and Bloglovin'.

Don't forget photos

I add a photo to EVERY post, I think posts without images are boring and they don't draw the reader in. When scrolling down my blog feed I am usually first drawn towards the images. Also when adding more than one photo make sure they are all the same size! There's nothing more irritating that different sized images. Also break up long paragraphs with images, it will make the post more interesting. 

Blog regularly

You want your readers to keep coming back, if you post regularly you will gain regular readers. If possible post 3-5 posts a week and if you're a keen blogger then perhaps post daily. If you have a busy schedule in the home try and blog at least once a week so your readers don't forget about you. 

Working with brands

If you have started your blog just to earn money and get freebies I will tell you it will take you a while and lot of hard work! Ask any blogger... they don't just come flying at you. It takes time to build up a relationship with brands as well as establish your blog. I didn't get my first review product until I had been blogging for at least 8 months, I didn't start it for this but the opportunities came along which I am very thankful for. Same goes for sponsored posts I didn't get my first one until my blog was 8 months old. Of course everyone would eventually like to earn a bit of extra cash from their blog and you can do this by being patient. If you are looking to work with brands in the future there are many PR agencies such as total media agency on Twitter which you can follow, as well as many hashtags which have opportunities for bloggers. But like I said they will come to you. 

Last but not least don't get dragged in with stats! Don't worry about the page views, rankings or links - most of all have fun!

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23 comments

  1. Lot's of great tips here.
    The one with different sized photographs, I agree on 100%.
    It's one of the things that makes me leave a blogger quickly.

    xo

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  2. Thank you for the tips. I've just started blogging over at The Henry Diaries, I'm enjoying it so far, it's like having my own little corner of the internet! It's a nice hobby to have away from studying, that's for sure.

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  3. All great tips! I think you've nailed it.

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  4. Great post Kerry!
    I would of love to have mine as lifeasmum instead of life-as-mum :( but it was taken and i didn't want to change my name completely! Oh well.
    Great tips x

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  5. Great advice! I've recently started my own blog and I've got writers block after one post, oh dear!

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  6. Thanks for tips about images. I do cartoons in mine www.heirraising.com and must remember that it's not a comic with different sized frames, although even those are very structured. I started a year ago posting about 2-3 times a week but had to ease off to once a week as was exhausted doing all the drawing AND writing as well as putting it out there. No time for family and my shoulder got frozen!! Your blog is fresh looking and easy on the eye - hope you keep going from strength to strength :)

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  7. Great post. Just like a complete tutorial guide book for newcomer .Thank you very much for the guide line.

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  8. Thank you so much for this post! It's a nice little reminder as to why I started blogging in the first place... For myself! x

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  9. Lots of awesome advice. Thank you. I wish I had read this link before I bought my domain which has -s in it!

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  10. Thanks for these great tips - I always add photos to blog posts - it makes them look so much better!!
    Anna xx

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  11. This is a great post - thanks a lot. Glad you brought up the importance of photos, plenty of research showing that engaging photos increases the amount of time people spend on your blog!

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  12. Great tips! I started two years ago but only recently have got back into it, lots of research and I am hoping it goes a bit further than my mum and partner reading lol! Thanks for this post!! :)

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  13. I want to start writing blogs but I really need to research it first so reading this blog has helped me jot down a few notes and will help with my design :)

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  15. Very useful post! @sallylearning

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  18. Thanks, very useful information there. I have a blog but don't really post that often. *note to self - blog more!*

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  19. These have been so helpful for me! Thank you for all of the tips, very much appreciated! :) x

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  21. Such good tips, I am going to start blogging and will be coming back to your page for tips and advice xx

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I love reading them all and will try my best to answer all of your questions. If you would like to contact me for a quicker response please feel free to tweet me at (@ohsoamelia_blog) or email me. Kerry